Billerica Keeps Shamrocks at Bay
BILLERICA -- The Billerica High football team remained unbeaten with a decisive 22-7 win over visiting Bishop Feehan from Attleboro on Friday night.
Billerica 22, Bp. Feehan 7
The Indians (2-0) played the perennial South Shore Catholic power even on the night, while taking advantage of all three scoring trips into the red zone.
The Shamrocks (1-2) were coming off a huge upset win over cros town rival North Attleboro last Friday and began as if they were ready to stun another opponent.
They took the opening kickoff and marched down the field, going 73 yards in 11 plays. Their outstanding senior quarterback Tim D’Ambrosia found his favorite target wide receiver Caleb Fauria (6 catches on the night for 102 yards) with a 26-yard scoring pass in the end zone. Kicker William Lynch toed the conversion and the 7-0 lead.
The Shamrocks were not able to score again.
Billerica allowed them four trips into Indians territory but each time they had to turn over the ball, three times on unsuccessful fourth-down plays.
Billerica got a break on the next Bishop Feehan possession when D’Ambrosio attempted a long pass with the wind but overthrew his receiver and instead Billerica defender Nathan Young picked off the throw and returned the ball on a 15 yard run to the Shamrocks’ 46.
The scoring drive carried into the second quarter and took 10 plays.
On fourth and goal from the one junior Stephen Brennan pushed his line into the end zone for the score. Ian Gibbons toed the first of two conversion kicks and the score was deadlocked at 7.
Holding their visitors to three downs and a punt, the Indians took over at their 47.
After a 15-yard quarterback run around left end by junior Nolan Houlihan for a first down, a misdirection carry by senior Rob Moore went around right end and he ran 35 yards for the go-ahead score. Fullback Colby Cyrus ran the ball for the two-point conversion and the lead the Indians would never relinquish was 15-7 at half.
Billerica took the second half kickoff and held the ball for a 14 play, 7 minute drive. Their score came when Houlihan called his own number and ran the final 3 yards for the touchdown. Ian Gibbons had a second conversion kick for the 22-7 lead.
Bishop Feehan had three more possessions but were stopped every time by the Indians, including one punt and two fourth-down incomplete passes.
On the night Nolan Houlihan completed 10 of 14 passes for 90 yards. He added 22 yards on 4 carries. Rob Moore proved to be the work horse as he carried 24 times for 96 yards.
While the total offenses on the night favored the Shamrocks by a scant 236-218 margin, they were penalized 8 times for 75 yards, while Billerica played a penalty-free game.
Billerica returns home next Friday evening at 7 at Marshall Middle School for an MVC contest with the Dracut Middies.